We’ve seen some strange vehicles used as police cars. Us Brits are rather fond of such delights as the Fiat Panda and the Italians have been know to round up perps in Lamborghinis. But the Portuguese police have shot straight to the top of the weird list with its new fleet of Nissan Leafs.
A total of eight Nissan Leaf police cars will be operated by Portugal’s PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública) the security force responsible for policing the urban areas of the country.
Don’t expect to see Leafs hunting down drug lords in dawn raids. The cars will primarily be used as part of PSP’s safe school program, patrolling campuses and helping cops keep youngsters out of harms way. We imagine they’ll help keep bullying to a minimum and reduce the number of instances of unsupervised petting
That said, the cars will be fully liveried up with ‘policia’ signage, blue lights and sirens, so they can be called upon to perform other police duties at any given time. Assuming they’re charged up, that is. If they’re not, we can’t imagine they’ll be of much use for rapid response situations.
“We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet,” said Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP.
“We want to continue reducing pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet.”
It certainly sets a new benchmark for Portugal. The company has long been advocating electric transport and has a fabulously well-developed charging infrastructure that will make all of this possible.
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